Department of Energy
Produce by the Solar Energy Research Institute
Wind: An Energy Alternative
AVA04039VNB1 - 1980
This program looks at the history and uses of wind power, used for centuries by humans to move boats, pump water and grind grain including discussions on efficiency, problems in the urban environment, experimental systems and windmill use across the United States.
November 9, 2018 Subject:
Good catch and thank's for the mention! Yes, I am still around. I don't remember this video. I can't seem to find a link to it on my own web site. It looks like it was done in 1979 when I was working for Vaughn Nelson at West Texas State University. He's still around too and working on another book about innovative wind turbines.
It's quite an honor to be listed on the credits with Frank Eldridge of Mitre Corp and Carl Wilcox who was part of the Smith-Putnam project.
A few years ago someone did a follow-up on Ted Finch and that Bronx rooftop wind turbine. There should be a link somewhere on my web site.
February 14, 2009 Subject:
Interesting period piece
Surprisingly good short film about wind energy. Amusing in some of the dead-end technologies it features, though.
What makes it valuable is the interviews with Marcellus Jacobs (a builder of wind turbines in the 1930s) and Ted Finch (whose efforts got the concept of net metering legally acceptable in the US).
It's interesting to note that one of the people listed in the credits, Paul Gipe, is still active in the industry. He's now a leading author on the subject. His website is wind-works.org